The Home Ministry alerted all the five states along Indo-Nepal border (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim) and asked the para-military forces to step up vigilance on the 1,751-km boundary in the wake of Maoists withdrawing from the government and starting a new agitation.


A senior Home Ministry official said that security alert was issued to check movement of criminals and flow of arms, particularly ahead of the forthcoming Constituent Assembly elections in the Himalayan nation. The Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB), the para-military force which guards the border, has been asked to keep maximum vigil along the international boundary.


Meanwhile, Maoist leader Dr. Bhattarai also warned ‘foreigners’ (meaning India) not to try to pressure or dictate Nepalese. “They should remember their own history and how they fought for their freedom from colonialism,” he said. 

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